"Hard" and "Soft" in world building

One day, you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again. - C.S. Lewis What does it mean? You've heard the term hard and soft scifi used to describe science fiction world-building. In fantasy, it describes the magical system, but the two are essentially exactly the same principle. Hard Systems A hard world building... Continue Reading →

Books Save Lives?

Seriously? That's a thing. Yes, this is a thing. Apparently, smart people working at Harvard have in fact studied the health benefits of expressive writing with surprising results. In fact, one such study found that students who wrote about trauma and traumatic events in their daily journal used less pain reliever than those who kept... Continue Reading →

When trolls attack…

Photo by Bich Tran on Pexels.com Sometimes it feels like writers specifically have to cross a troll bridge every day. Thing is...It takes a toll, and emotional one, on writers. It's become so commonplace you can google it now. The internet search engines are brimming with articles on how to deal with trolling if you're... Continue Reading →

Optimizing your optimism

Where do we go now? It's so hard to be optimistic these days, especially for us artsy types. We all have good days and bad days, but the most important thing you can do is capitalize on those good moments. You treasure that moment, and you fight for it. Some days it doesn't work, and... Continue Reading →

Why am I doing this again?

Simple ways to improve your writing. Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com We all start writing for different reasons, but we continue for the same reason. That reason: We want to be better. We want to tell a better story. Anyone who doesn't want that quits because it is hard. Brutal, in fact. No one stays... Continue Reading →

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